Ryan Ellis suffers reinjury, now considered week-to-week
News out of Flyers land this morning hasn’t been very fun. Ryan Ellis has suffered an re-injury to his lower body, forcing him to now be considered week-to-week. Ellis reentered the line up in the second game of a back-to-back against Dallas, accompanied by another Flyer, Kevin Hayes on Saturday.
Ryan Ellis was acquired this off-season by Chuck Fletcher in a deal that saw Nolan Patrick and Phil Myers head the other way. Nolan was eventually flipped to Vegas for Cody Glass. Ellis started the season off hot, scoring 4 points (1G-3A) in his first 3 games as a Flyer. Then we saw him go down with that LBI and miss a good portion of time.
Justin Braun has done a good job of filling in for Ellis this year. He currently has 1G-7A in the first 13 games, while averaging 17 minutes a game in the last 5. With Ellis set to now miss an extended period of time, let’s hope Braun can continue his extremely solid start to the season.
Nick Seeler, who has been back and forth between Philly and Leigh High to start the year, will probably have to hop back in the car again very soon. He’s been solid in the role he’s been asked to play this season. Seeler currently has 0 points in 11 games, but he’s not really here to put up points. He’s more here to play a sound defensive game next to Yandle, and let #3 break the puck out of the zone. Seeler is more of a physical, stay at home kind of defenseman.
Projected Defensive Pairings with Ellis now out
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Seeler
The power play has been awful the last couple weeks, I don’t think anybody is going to argue with me on that. The Flyers are 3 for 28 on the PP in their last 8 games. Ellis before he got hurt, was a real welcoming sight on that 2nd unit. His ability to always seem to be able to get a shot through was extremely fun to watch. In his first game back Saturday against Dallas, he actually helped the Flyers score their first PP goal since the Pittsburgh OT game. Provorov’s blast from the point was assisted by Hayes and Ellis.
Now without Ellis for the foreseeable future, the Flyers offense HAS to pick it up. Scoring 1.6 goals a game since the 5-3 win in Edmonton isn’t going to cut it. You can’t depend on Carter Hart to keep you in every hockey game, especially now with one of your best defenseman out. Flyers have the 8-3-4 Flames, who kicked our asses the last time we saw them, at home tomorrow. Then they see Tampa and Boston, who are a combined 15-8-8.
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